Moses Maimonides was a twelfth century rabbi and philosopher whose works rank with the greatest and most respected Judaic writings of all time. Here is what he has to say about circumcision, in his oeuvre, "The Guide of the Perplexed".
With regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible.
The perfection and perpetuation of this Law can only be achieved if circumcision is performed in childhood... the parents of a child that is just born take lightly matters concerning it, for up to that time the imaginative form that compels the parents to love it is not yet consolidated. For this imaginative form increases through habitual contact and grows with the growth of the child. Then it begins to decrease and to disappear, I refer to this imaginative form. For the love of the father and of the mother for the child when it has just been born is not like their love for it when it is one year old, and their love for it when it is one year old is not like their love when it is six years old. Consequently if it were left uncircumcised for two or three years, this would necessitate the abandonment of circumcision because of the father's love and affection for it. At the time of its birth, on the other hand, this imaginative form is very weak, especially as far as concerns the father upon whom this commandment is imposed. Circumcision Information and Resource Pages
She had to steer clear of the Jewish question--tricky because circumcision is a covenant demanded by God of Abraham in Genesis Chapter 17, with the ceremony performed by a mohel (ritual circumciser)-until a Florida lawyer asked her if she was anti-Semitic because she wasn't fighting for the rights of Jewish babies. Now she sends out information about bris Milla (Jewish circumcision rituals) to those looking for a kinder, gentler way. Circ Info Network 941130
Parental consent shouldn't stop litigators: If I sign a consent form that my doctor can sodomize my son, he'd still be liable, I'd think. --Jewish reader Circ Info Network 941116
We are interested in finding out more information about your network. We have chosen not to circumcise our son and are ecstatic about our decision, much to the chagrin of our family. We are also interested in talking to Jewish people who have chosen not to circumcise. We are wondering if these people are active in other aspects of the Jewish religion and what problems they have encountered, and any solutions to these problems. We are looking forward to hearing from and talking to you. --Proud Parents Circ Info Network 950211